Monday, March 20, 2017

Silvers

The Deaths in 2017 site lists under March 20:
Robert Benjamin Silvers (December 31, 1929 – March 20, 2017) 
His death is timely, due to his surname "Silvers", reminding me of my recent March 19 postThe Buzzardthat investigates renown Seychelles Pirate Olivier Levasseur.  Note this excerpt from Levasseur's wiki page that mentions Long John Silver:
They then perpetrated one of piracy's greatest exploits: the capture of the Portuguese great galleon Nossa Senhora do Cabo (Our Lady of the Cape) or Virgem Do Cabo (The Virgin of the Cape), loaded full of treasures belonging to the Bishop of Goa, also called the Patriarch of the East Indies, and the Viceroy of Portugal, who were both on board returning home to Lisbon. The pirates were able to board the vessel without firing a single broadside because the Cabo had been damaged in a storm and to avoid capsizing the crew had dumped all of its 72 cannon overboard, then anchored off Réunion island to undergo repairs. (This incident would later be used by Robert Louis Stevenson in his novel Treasure Island where the galleon is referred to as The Viceroy of the Indies in the account given by his famed fictional character Long John Silver).
It's also interesting to note that he was born on the last day of the year... and also because of this excerpt ... again from "The Buzzard" post: